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Doctrine and Covenants 1

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Doctrine and Covenants 1, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020)

Doctrine and Covenants 1, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Doctrine and Covenants 1

Clapboard home with a split-rail fence in the foreground

The John and Elsa Johnson Home, Hiram, Ohio, USA, was the site of a special conference held in November 1831 to consider publishing the revelations received by Joseph Smith.


Historical background and the earliest manuscript of each revelation, as published in The Joseph Smith Papers

Revelation, 1 November 1831–B [D&C 1]

At a conference of elders in Hiram, Ohio, on 1 November 1831, Joseph Smith dictated a revelation designated as a preface for the Book of Commandments, a proposed compilation of Joseph Smith’s revelations. More …


Biographical facts and historical images of individuals associated with the revelations

Historical Background

Minutes, 1–2 November 1831

On 1–2 November 1831, ten elders held a conference in an upstairs bedroom of the Hiram, Ohio, home of John and Alice (Elsa) Jacobs Johnson. Accounts indicate there were frank conversations about major issues surrounding the publication decision. More …

Revelations in Context

Essays on the background of each revelation

William McLellin’s Five Questions

D&C 1, 65, 66, 67, 68, 133

Given the responsibility to preach, and given that the October 30 revelation stated that the gospel would “roll forth unto the ends of the earth,” it was imperative that the revelations Joseph had already received should be published. More …

Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days

Narrative history of events surrounding the revelations

Volume 1, Chapter 13

The Gift Has Returned

On November 1, 1831, Joseph called a council of church leaders together. Ezra Booth had recently published a letter in a local newspaper accusing Joseph of making false prophecies and hiding his revelations from the public.More …

Church History Topics

Essays on subjects related to the revelations

Book of Commandments

In the first few years of the Church, the only access most members had to the Lord’s revelations to Joseph Smith was through handwritten copies. More …

Doctrine and Covenants

The Doctrine and Covenants is a book of scripture containing revelations given to Joseph Smith and a few of his successors as President of the Church. More …

Early Missionaries

Even before the organization of the Church in 1830, the Lord commanded Latter-day Saints to take the restored gospel to the world. More …

Revelations of Joseph Smith

During Joseph Smith’s prophetic ministry, he received over 100 revelations that were recorded and later canonized. More …


Latter-day Saints believe that God has restored to the earth the power given to the ancient Apostle Peter to bind, or seal, on earth and in heaven. More …


Maps and information about places associated with the revelations from The Joseph Smith Papers, Historic Sites, and other helpful sources


Timeline placing each revelation in the context of key events in the Church’s first century

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